Stark family papers (1913-1929, bulk 1920-1923)

Collection processed and finding aid created by Cheney J. Schopieray
Manuscripts Division, William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan

Summary Information

Title: Stark family papers
Creator: Stark family
Inclusive dates: 1913-1929
Bulk dates: 1920-1923
Extent: 0.75 linear feet
Abstract:
The Stark family papers are comprised largely of the newlywed correspondence of lithographer Eugene R. and Catherine Dehn Stark of Brooklyn, New York, and Springfield, Massachusetts. The couple lived apart during the three years following their 1919 marriage so that Eugene could take a job in Springfield. During that time, the couple wrote deeply affectionate, sometimes sexually explicit letters expressing longing for one another and discussing finances, family updates, and the birth and infancy of their son John Eugene Stark.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu

Access and Use

Acquisition Information

2001. M-4163.9.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copyright

Copyright status is unknown

Preferred Citation

Stark Family Papers, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan

Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically.

Biography

Eugene Reginald Stark was born in 1881 and served in the First World War as a cook for Company C of the 347th Infantry, 87th Division. On October 30, 1919, he married his sweetheart Catherine Dehn (1881-1961). Shortly after their marriage, Eugene moved to Springfield, Massachusetts, for employment reasons, working first as a clerk, then as a lithographer for the Milton Bradley Company. Catherine eventually joined her husband in Springfield and the couple had at least two children, John Eugene (b. 1921) and Richard G. (b. ca. 1924).

Collection Scope and Content Note

The Stark Family Papers are comprised largely of the newlywed correspondence of lithographer Eugene R. and Catherine Dehn Stark of Brooklyn, New York, and Springfield, Massachusetts. The couple lived apart during the three years following their 1919 marriage so that Eugene could take a job in Springfield. During that time, the couple wrote deeply affectionate, sometimes sexually explicit letters expressing longing for one another and discussing finances, family updates, and the birth and infancy of their son John Eugene Stark.

The collection also includes a small number of letters from Eugene Stark's World War I service, letters from Charles Brant of Middle Village, New York, and correspondence with brother Gus, uncle John, and aunt Mamie.

Subject Terms

Subjects:
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Children.
  • Husband and wife--Massachusetts.
  • Husband and wife--New York.
  • Lithographers.
  • Sex.
  • Springfield (Mass.)
  • World War, 1914-1918.
Contributors:
  • Brant, Charles.
  • Stark, Catherine Dehn, 1881-1961.
  • Stark, Eugene Reginald, 1881-.
Genre Terms:
  • Letters (correspondence)

Contents List

Container / Location Title
 
Stark Family Papers,  1913-1929 [series]
Box   1  
  August 18, 1913-August 29, 1921
Box   2  
  September 1, 1921-October 31, 1929